07/05/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

FCC's Genachowski Backs Net Neutrality, Reports WSJ

Just days ago, it appeared that FCC head Julius Genachowski was suggesting that he wanted "to keep broadband services deregulated," a decision that would have dealt a significant blow to proponents of net neutrality. But in what would be a sudden shift, Amy Schatz of the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Genachowski is having a change of heart.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has decided to reregulate Internet lines to protect net neutrality, siding with consumer groups and Internet companies worried that Internet providers have too much power.

On Wednesday, Mr. Genachowski's staff began briefing the FCC's commissioners on how they will propose to regulate Internet lines under rules that were written for traditional phone networks. Some of those rules won't be applied to Internet networks, FCC officials say, but others will be used to enforce net neutrality, or regulations that require Internet providers to treat traffic equally and not slow or block websites.

As the kids say, developing...

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